Slum areas sensitized about tobacco dangers, law

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from left musician president Sophie Gombya and counselor Kayigo Abdullah sensitizing Kisenyi residents on tobacco dangers

By Ronald Kabuye

Tobacco control activists led by the Uganda Health Communication Alliance UHCA on Sunday rolled out a campaign dubbed “Sukuuma Taaba” Literally translated as “push Tobacco Out” in slum areas in order to interest the residents who are more vulnerable about the dangers of Tobacco use.

Speaking to journalists while at Mengo Kisenyi, one of the Kampala slums, Talibita Moses a tobacco control activist said they decided to use artists, music, sports and politicians since they understand the language of the residents thus they easily make them appreciate why tobacco use is bad.

youths displaying the tobacco death clock at Kisenyi Mengo
On their part, Kayigo Abdullah, the Kisenyi Mengo division counselor and the president of Uganda musician Assocation Sophie Gombya who also doubles as the tobacco champion sensitized the residents about the dangers of Tobacco including being the leading cause of numerous cancer diseases and non communicable diseases in general.
They also sensitized them about the tobacco control act which prohibits smoking tobacco within 50 meters from the public, display of Tobacco products and sell of  Single pieces of cigarette but rather a packet. The also banned shisha use and kuber among other tobacco products.
After this engagement many of the residents sought for guidance on how to easily quit smoking
The campaign was pre boxing tournament that was organised by the tobacco control activist to give chance to youths to show case their talent in the boxing sport.
 It should be noted that at least 38 people die every day due to tobacco use while government spends three times more the money collected from tobacco industry in treating Tobacco related diseases.

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